Flashback Friday: Retention of memory through metamorphosis: can a moth remember what it learned as a caterpillar?

The metamorphosis of caterpillars into moths or butterflies is a crazy thing. Not only do these animals acquire new body parts (Why, hello wings!), but other body parts undergo radical changes or disassemble altogether. In this study, scientists tested whether memories made by caterpillars are retained in adult moths despite all of these massive changes. To do this, they trained caterpillars of various “ages” (developmental stages called instars) to avoid specific odors, and then tested whet

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